Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo

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Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo (also called "Sagrada Familia" - Holy Family) was a 6,916-acre (27.99 km2) Mexican land grant in present day Monterey County, California given in 1822 by Governor Pablo Vicente de Solá to Joaquín de la Torre.[1] The grant was bounded on the north by Rancho Bolsa Nueva y Moro Cojo and Castroville.[2][3]


José Joaquín de la Torre was a soldier from Spain who was alcalde in Monterey, and afterwards secretary to Governor Sola. Torre married Maria Los Angeles Cota (1790-1877) in 1803. Torre was granted the two square league Bolsa del Potrero in 1822. The Potrero, also called La Familia Sagrada, was sold by Torre to John B.R. Cooper in 1829.[4] In 1840, Joaquín de la Torre was granted Rancho Arroyo Seco by Governor Juan B. Alvarado.

In 1840, Captain Cooper traded Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo for Alvarado's Rancho El Sur. Alvarado was a nephew of Cooper's wife, Encarnacion Vallejo. Alvarado subsequently sold Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo back to Cooper.

With the cession of California to the United States following the Mexican-American War, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo provided that the land grants would be honored. As required by the Land Act of 1851, a claim for Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[5] and the grant was patented to John B. R. Cooper in 1859.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ogden Hoffman, 1862, Reports of Land Cases Determined in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Numa Hubert, San Francisco
  2. ^ Diseño del Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo
  4. ^ Hoover, Mildred B.; Hero & Ethel Rensch, and William N. Abeloe (1966). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9. 
  5. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 7 SD
  6. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886

Coordinates: 36°45′36″N 121°45′36″W / 36.760°N 121.760°W / 36.760; -121.760